co·​in·​ci·​den·​tal | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce coincidental (audio) \

Definition of coincidental

1 : resulting from a coincidence a coincidental resemblance
2 : occurring or existing at the same time coincidental deaths

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Examples of coincidental in a Sentence

The fact that he and his boss went to the same college was purely coincidental. the nearly coincidental deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa

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In a coincidental connection to the land’s later service to the mentally ill, the area was named in the 1660s after Elizabeth of Hungary, a 13th-century Roman Catholic saint who was canonized for her devotion to the poor and sick. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Why St. Elizabeth? More musing on Washington’s hospital for the mentally ill.," 6 July 2019 Mougeolle says the timing of the legal action, just days after Macron caved on the fuel tax, was coincidental; Mougeolle’s organization, too, has reservations about the distributional impact of such a tax, at least as currently designed. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: France’s carbon tax was a disaster, but there might be a less politically fraught way," 23 June 2019 But the year may have saved the best for last, given the coincidental timing with the March equinox at 5:58 p.m. ET (21:58 UT) on March 20—less than four hours before the supermoon arrives. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "See the first supermoon on the spring equinox in 19 years," 19 Mar. 2019 Dominican government officials have said that the deaths were coincidental and attributable to natural causes. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Kansas man, Pennsylvania woman died suddenly in Dominican Republic, bringing US citizen death total to 11," 21 June 2019 Any beneficial link was likely coincidental all along. Carla K. Johnson,, "Medical marijuana laws are no answer for US opioid deaths, study finds," 11 June 2019 There’s been tantalizing evidence that the positioning of DNA at those nuclear locations may not be coincidental. Quanta Magazine, "In the Nucleus, Genes’ Activity Might Depend on Their Location," 6 Nov. 2018 The new program occurred after the Auditor General began to examine the program,but Greenberg said that the timing was coincidental. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Sales taxes go uncollected, businesses slip through cracks under Arizona's business-friendly efforts," 13 June 2019 The timing -- which can't possibly have been coincidental -- ensures that coverage of Day 1 of the Johnson campaign will be muted. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson is the best-known candidate to be British prime minister. That's not necessarily a good thing," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of coincidental

circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coincidental

coincident + -al entry 1

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The first known use of coincidental was circa 1800

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English Language Learners Definition of coincidental

: happening because of a coincidence : not planned

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to form ideas or theories about something

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